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Visionary works headline TIFF '17's Platform slate

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Aug 3, 2017

TIFF's three-year-old Platform programme returns for 2017 with more original voices and visionary films.

"The films unveiled today embody our bold vision for the programme, and our ongoing commitment to showcase artistic and inventive directors that fearlessly push boundaries," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “The twelve titles exemplify bravery, dynamism and a unique voice in storytelling that we look for when curating the Platform programme."

Last year, Platform included celebrated works such as William Oldroyd's Lady Macbethcurrently playing at TIFF Bell Lightbox — Pablo Larraín's Jackie, and Barry Jenkins' Academy Award Best Picture winner, Moonlight. The 12 films in this year's programme are another showcase for the artistry of a group of bold, dynamic voices in contemporary cinema.

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Sweet Country

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If You Saw His Heart

This year's lineup presents 12 films from eight countries on five continents. All selected films will compete for the Platform Prize, to be awarded by a jury made up of award-winning filmmakers Chen Kaige, Małgorzata Szumowska, and Wim Wenders.

The programme will open with the world premiere of The Death of Stalin, from award-winning director-writer Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, Veep). The historical epic follows the final days leading up to the Soviet dictator’s death. Sweet Country, a period western from acclaimed Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton (The Sapphires), will close the Platform section.

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What Will People Say

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Platform titles are eligible for the Toronto Platform Prize ($25,000 CAD) made possible by Air France.

Chen, Szumowska, and Wenders will select the prize winner, who will be announced at the TIFF Awards Ceremony on September 17, 2017.


Browse All Films

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Brad's Status

Films screening as part of the Platform programme include:

Beast | Michael Pearce, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Brad's Status | Mike White, USA
World Premiere

Custody | Xavier Legrand, France
North American Premiere

Dark River | Clio Barnard, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Platform Opening Film
The Death of Stalin | Armando Iannucci, France/United Kingdom/Belgium
World Premiere

Euphoria | Lisa Langseth, Sweden/Germany
World Premiere

If You Saw His Heart | Joan Chemla, France
World Premiere

Mademoiselle Paradis | Barbara Albert, Austria/Germany
World Premiere

Razzia | Nabil Ayouch, France
World Premiere

The Seen and Unseen | Kamila Andini, Indonesia
World Premiere

Platform Closing Film
Sweet Country | Warwick Thornton, Australia
North American Premiere

What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si) | Iram Haq, Norway/Germany/Sweden
World Premiere

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The Seen and Unseen

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Dark River


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